Most of us take our backs for granted, only thinking about them when they begin to hurt. This is unfortunate, because making an effort now to take care of your spine is one of the best ways to ensure a healthy body now and in the future.
It’s estimated that 80 percent of the population suffers from back pain at some point in their lives, and people who abuse their spines by lifting heavy objects, smoking, or carrying around too much weight are likely to suffer from back pain during their lives. In order to prevent back pain, here are a few ways to give your spine the TLC it craves:
Wear the Right Shoes
All too often we choose footwear based on its appearance. However, selecting the right shoes is a great way to protect our spines. The right shoe should be flexible, well balanced and comfortable. If you’re prone to back problems already you may want to consider purchasing inserts if necessary to cushion your spine even more.
Cradle Your Spine Like A Baby
It’s hard to overemphasize how important a quality mattress is. A good mattress helps you sleep better which reduces stress and makes you more alert, which means you’re more likely to make healthy choices that will benefit your back. The right mattress is of medium firmness and has enough support to ensure that your spine is in a comfortable position while you sleep.
Get a Little Support
Did you know that the load on your spinal discs is tripled when you’re sitting? Many office workers are surprised to find out that they have damaged discs from sitting in one spot. Too many of us think that disc problems only come from lifting heavy items, but that’s just not the case. If you spend a lot of time in front of a desk, make sure to stretch often and get up and walk around whenever you can.
Give It Some Tough Love
If you’re serious about heading off back pain, you need to exercise regularly. Abdominal and back exercises will help strengthen your core and improve the muscle tone in your back. The final result is that your body will be better able to support your spine and minimize the risk of injury.
If you really want to make your spine sit up and smile, make sure you treat it to regular chiropractic care. Visiting your chiropractic team will help relieve stress and keep your back strong and healthy. Treat your back to some love today by scheduling a chiropractic appointment!
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